What you need to know
- Watchsmith 1.3 is now available for download.
- The update adds new interactive maps for weather and workouts.
- They work great on Apple Watch Series 3 and above.
Watchsmith made a huge splash not too long ago when it brought custom and dynamic complications to Apple Watch. But there's an app beneath those complications that I think a lot of people forget about. Now that app is even better thanks to the arrival of interactive maps.
Those kinds of maps were previously only available to Apple's first-party apps, but Watchsmith developer David Smith didn't mind – he just built his own.
He set about fixing Apple's failure by adding support for his own maps using SwiftUI. Amazingly, those maps run so well that they work on the older Apple Watch Series 3. And they're lightning fast on newer watches.
The new maps pop up in a couple of places. The most obvious is a new weather radar map that will show you what's going on in the skies above you. You can move the map around using your finger and even zoom in or out using the Digital Crown, just as you'd expect.
Maps also make an appearance in terms of route tracking when doing a workout as well. You don't have to be tracking the workout using Watchsmith either – any workout app that tracks your location is fine. When a workout is being tracked, Watchsmith can show you where you've been. Why this isn't something built into actual workout apps, I'll never know!
This is all pretty suit and just as impressive is the fact this is all available as part of the existing Watchsmith Premium subscription. Watchsmith itself is a free download, but Premium is a $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year subscription. I'd say it's worth every penny, too.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.